Advancing Trails Through Maps, Apps, and Analysis Tools

This webinar will introduce participants to new tools and technologies being used to advance trail projects around the country.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:30 PM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

The California Trails and Greenways webinar series is offered in coordination with California State Parks and the California Trails Conference Foundation, with content selected from the California Trails and Greenways 2020 program.

The webinar series is offered FREE to the trails community THANKS TO the generous support of:

About this webinar:

This webinar will introduce participants to new tools and technologies being used to advance trail projects around the country, including:

BikeAble: The Rails to Trails Conservancy’s customizable tool for analyzing community connectivity and evaluating bicycle infrastructure efficacy. This presentation will showcase several case studies and discuss how BikeAble is helping communities better understand how active transportation investments can improve local access to trails, people and places. As an efficient and affordable analysis tool, the presentation will highlight how BikeAble can be used to effectively analyze quick-build projects during the COVID-19 crisis.

GreenInfo California Demographics Tools: Everyone deserves access to trails and parks, and public datasets can help drive equity in park and trail access. This presentation will profile two free tools from GreenInfo Network to demonstrate who benefits most from recreation access, including how shelter-in-place orders have uneven impacts on park access equity.

OuterSpatial: A mobile app that gives stewards of our open spaces control over what information is presented and how. This presentation will feature several state and local organizations actively leveraging this app. By publishing quality, accurate information about trails, organizations can engage users in supporting trails in a variety of ways. We'll also highlight ways that land managers are leveraging OuterSpatial to communicate with their visitors during COVID-19, including posting alerts about closures and reopenings, publishing best practices, featuring trails greater than 6 feet wide, highlighting one-way trails, and much more.

CEUs are FREE for this webinar.

Learning Objectives

  • Inform trail planners and advocates about new technologies and analysis tools being used to promote and advance trails
  • Provide real-world examples of the application of these tools and technologies to educate the audience on how they can be used most productively
  • Touch upon how these tools can be effectively utilized during the COVID-19 crisis


This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).


Webinar Partners


Ben Kaufman, Trail Development Manager, Western Region, Rails to Trails Conservancy

Ben Kaufman is the Western Regional Trail Development Manager of the Rails to Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people. As the Western Regional Trail Development Manager, Ben co-convenes the Bay Area Trails Collaborative, a coalition of over 50 organizations, agencies and businesses advocating for a 2,700-mile regional trail network that will connect the San Francisco Bay Area—its trails, people and places. Prior to his time at Rails-to-Trails, Ben worked at the transportation planning firm Nelson\Nygaard. He holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA and a Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College.


Maianna Voge, Associate Director, GreenInfo Network

Maianna Voge is Associate Director of GreenInfo Network, which has been mapping and analyzing data for parks and open space agencies and advocates since 1996. In collaboration with State Parks, academic researchers, and nonprofit advocates, GreenInfo has pioneered the creation and use of public lands and demographic data to drive equity in public funding of trails, parks, and open space. GreenInfo developed and maintained the California Protected Areas Database ( and has worked closely with State Parks and other partners on data-driven systems that have helped more equitably distribute hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds.


Ryan Branciforte, Co-Founder and CEO, OuterSpatial

Ryan Branciforte is the co-founder and CEO of OuterSpatial, a platform that empowers organizations to connect people to the outdoors. During his 20+ year career working in the public, nonprofit and private sector, Ryan has always had a deep passion for using technology to do good conservation work and get people outside.


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Learning Credits and CEUs

American Trails is proud to be a certified provider of the following learning credits and continuing education opportunities:

  • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
  • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) (most HSW approved)
  • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) CEU equivalency petition
  • CEU/PDH equivalency petition for other accepting organizations

Learning credits are free for attendees for American Trails webinars and the International Trails Summit, as well as for other trail and outdoor recreation-related conferences, webinars, and workshops we offer credits for. Learn more here.



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